Study tour ‘work based learning’ strengthens ties between Georgia and Netherlands

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, HollandDoor provided a lively and inspiring study visit to the Netherlands in December 2021 for 14 Georgian visitors, commissioned by the Georgian Farmers Association (GFA).The program was implemented in cooperation with the Venlo branch of HAS University and provided great insights about practical education and collaboration between education and the private sector. Moreover, this visit strengthened the ties between the 14 Georgian teachers of agricultural colleges, students, private sector instructors and staff of GFA and donor UNDP with education and agribusiness in the Netherlands.

 

GFA unites about 4,000 farmers across Georgia and acts as a facilitator between the government and farmers. GFA takes an active role in various development projects along the value chain. Among the corner stones are education & training, being tools to stimulate and support (young) actors in the sector to deal with agriculture as a business. In one of these projects GFA addresses work based learning (WBL) in the Georgian VET system, aimed at supporting socio-economic development and poverty reduction and closing the gap between education and the labour market. Against that background and funded through UNDP and the Swiss Agency, the 14 visitors traveled to the Netherlands for acquaintance with WBL in the Dutch education sector.

 

The program was full of acquaintance with Dutch educational methods at HAS University (applied sciences level) and Yuverta (vocational level), enriched by student meetings, a visit to the European Parliament and site visits to agribusinesses in the Venlo region, including plant breeding and propagation, fruit cultivation, dairy, veterinary, gardening and processing.

 

For more information please contact Jos Leeters.